An Awakening Call to Show Your Work

#1 Your work is worth sharing

It’s not uncommon to have started writing something to share, but end up never getting out that draft. It’s often the thought that someone else must have done it better than me that deceives ourselves into dismissing the value in our work and never hitting the share button.

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#2 Let your community find you

When I was a college freshman, I was eager to keep honing my badminton skills, but struggled to find a buddy since I barely knew anyone or any such groups. Realizing that it would take me forever to bump into a badminton fellow, I took a bold step and posted a note next to the student hall’s elevator calling for badminton lovers. I remember I was nervous about that note all night, worrying about how people would react to it. Fortunately, my last resort worked, and with more-than-expected responses, I sort of accidentally established a badminton club. It was so exhilarating to have my badminton community at last.

Photo by Adam Jang on Unsplash

#3 Be a connector

It’s not enough to just find a community. In fact, it takes much more to be a good citizen of it. Kleon used a spectrum to vividly depict three distinct community behaviors. Hoarders only absorb but rarely contribute, while spammers share a lot about their own work but pay very little attention to others’. In both cases, communication is blocked as information only flows one-way. Only when there is what the writer Blake Butler called an open node, a.k.a. a connector, can a community come alive with all members more engaged and better connected.

Types of behaviors on a spectrum of sharing activities
Illustration by Austin Kleon in his book Show Your Work

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